There's is nearly nothing more enjoyable than pajamas, comfort food, Netflix, dessert, and cuddling.
However, sometimes as an actor, you are forced to put your body through incredible transformations, including getting incredibly buff to really mold into a role. And we all know what that means: no lazy, consistant-stream-of-food time.
Below is a list of my personal favorites who revamped into ripped and swoll badasses to truly become their characters.
1. Chris Pratt
Film: Guardians of the Galaxy
Pratt upped his calories to 5,000 a day to keep his metabolism working and worked out consistently. He explains that this is the first time he didn't gain weight back on after a role.
2. Emily Blunt
Film: Edge of Tomorrow
Emily Blunt woke up every morning at 5am and hit the gym to do weight-training and gymnastics in order to truly resemble a soldier.
3. Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan is looking good and strong! And he credits it all do his diet.
“Honestly, diet has a lot to do with it and lots of water... Literally in the middle of takes, I would just be eating food. Chicken and rice and broccoli—a lot of it.”
4. Jake Gyllenhaal
To realistically portray a boxer, Gyllenhaal insisted on getting into shape by training like a real boxer. Besides the 1,000 sit-ups a day for eight months, Gyllenhaal gained 15 pounds of muscle by first learning boxer basics (such as footwork, defense, and direct punches), and increasing the intensity with jump roping, strength training, bag drills, and much more.
5. Linda Hamilton
Film: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Sadly, we don't all have an Anthony Cortés, Edward Norton's trainer for American History X. But Hamilton credits him for losing 12 pounds of fat. To do this, her routine consisted of running, biking, swimming, climbing stairs as well as free weights, mini-trampoline drills, walking lunges and abdominal work. They trained six days a week for 3 hours.
And I just ate a chocolate chip cookie. Great.
6. Taylor Lautner
Taylor had to gain 30 pounds of muscle in one year. Heavy lifting is the key to having a Taylor Lautner bod, and his system is clearly working for him. Loading on the weights, a little more than what is physically possible, but then only do half the motion of the lifting is a good way to gain strength and muscle. Taylor also included many rest days to let his body recuperate.
7. Demi Moore
Film: G.I. Jane
Are you ready to wake up at 4am? I personally never am, but Moore was up and at it in Central Park, starting her day with a warm-up run. Demi Moore also used two trainers Gregory Joujon-Roche and Stephen Helvenston to get her into the right mold and mind. She used celebrity trainer Gregory Joujon-Roche for getting in shape, and Navy SEAL instructor Stephen Helvenston to develop a Navy SEAL mindset while filming.
8. Hilary Swank
Film: Million Dollar Baby
Hilary Swank only had 90 days to become a lead, muscle woman for this role.
"My training was two and a half hours of boxing and approximately an hour and a half to two hours lifting weights every day, six days a week. The producers asked me to gain 10 pounds of muscle. I gained 19 pounds of muscle. I started at 110 and went to 129. And in order to do that, I had to eat 210 grams of protein a day."
I may not want a six pack, and I may not be overweight, but I think this is just the inspiration I need to get up off my lazy ass.
I need to learn to pretend I'm eating lasagna while doing a bit of lifting and running. Who knows? It might trick my body and curb the cravings.